Writing On Our Calendar – May

This is always a significant month on the literary calendar, with the return of the annual Sydney Writers’ Festival. But the rest of the month isn’t exactly quiet – check out the array of other writing events in May that we’ve rounded up for you! 4 May – ABR States of Poetry Launch The Australian Book Review’s States of Poetry is a ...

Katherine Howell on suspense and fresh perspectives in crime fiction

Katherine Howell is the author of the bestselling Detective Ella Marconi series. Her work has won awards and is published in multiple countries and languages. She has delivered workshops and seminars on crime fiction, mentored writers working in the genre, and wrote her Master's degree thesis on developing suspense in fiction. What keeps a reader turning the pages in a crime ...

Will Kostakis on what makes for good blogging

Will Kostakis is a journalist, blogger and YA author. Initially set up to shamelessly promote his first book Loathing Lola, his personal blog has evolved into so much more, leading to a career as a web producer. He has spent the past 6 years conducting creative writing workshops for a range of diverse audiences. His latest novel is The First Third. Will ...

Book Review: Jerome and His Women by Joan O’Hagan

A confession: I am not an avid reader of historical fiction, nor of titles suggesting romantic themes. However, after a little Google research on the author and reassurance on the subject matter, I was keen to read and review ​Jerome and His Women.​ Joan O’Hagan was born in Australia, studied Latin, Greek and ancient history at university in New Zealand, and ...

Mark O’Flynn on form and process in poetry

Mark O'Flynn has published five collections of poems, most recently The Soup's Song (Picaro Press, 2015). His work has appeared in many Australian journals as well as overseas. His novels include Grassdogs (2006) and The Forgotten World (Harper Collins, 2013). He has also published the comic memoir False Start as well as a collection of short fiction, White Light (2013). ...

Marianne de Pierres on freedom and discipline in speculative fiction

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular Parrish Plessis trilogy and the award-winning Sentients of Orion and Peacemaker series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into ten languages and adapted into a role-playing game. Marianne has also authored children's and young adult stories, notably the Night Creatures trilogy, a dark fantasy series for teens. She is an ...

‘Three Things I Wish I’d Known’: notes from the 2016 Playwriting Festival

At the final session of our Playwriting Festival in March, Festival Director Hilary Bell sat down with seven of our finest playwrights, actors and writers to ask them all the same question: 'What three things did you wish you'd known when you started out?' The answers and discussions that followed were full of inspiration, knowledge and insight into the world of ...

What We’re Reading: April 2016

The Easter break fell at the end of March this year, giving us four glorious early autumn days to devour books like they were hot cross buns. Here's what the Writers' Centre team read over the long weekend and throughout the rest of the month. Jane McCredie, Executive Director I've been reading Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu, a fascinating survey of Aboriginal technological ...

Book Review: Tomorrow, Berlin by Oscar Coop-Phane

I have to be honest. I approached Tomorrow, Berlin by Oscar Coop-Phane with reluctance. Literary fiction about three young males? Set in Paris and Berlin? Focused on drugs, sex and techno? Written by a young French man with a hyphenated name? It screamed pretentious, inaccessible literature. But then – then I read the first page, and I was hooked. ‘He couldn’t ...

Sophie Masson on writing memorable YA

Sophie Masson is the award-wining and internationally published author of over 60 books, most of which are for young adults. She is also the chair of the New England Writers' Centre and a former Chair of the Australian Society of Authors. She is an experienced presenter who has given creative writing workshops all over Australia. Her latest YA novel is ...

Writing On Our Calendar – April

The lazy long weekend may be behind us, but there's plenty more to look forward to in the next month! We're here to point you to the most exciting author talks, plays and other literary events happening around our city in April. 1 April – Author Talk: Martin McKenzie-Murray Martin McKenzie-Murray is in conversation with Stan Grant at Gleebooks. McKenzie-Murray’s debut book ...

Book Review: The Last Wilkie’s And Other Stories by Jon Steiner

I was hungry for short fiction when I found Jon Steiner’s The Last Wilkie’s and Other Stories, and it deeply satisfied the ache at my centre. The book brings together 33 stories, ranging in size from small snapshot vignettes to longer works. I was impressed that the book as a whole felt so much like a collection. Steiner has a clear ...

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